Senate, House OK ending motorcycle helmet requirement for parades

Friday, April 17, 2015, Vol. 39, No. 16

NASHVILLE  (AP) — Legislation that would allow Tennessee motorcyclists to ride without helmets in parades and funeral processions is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The House passed the proposal 72-15 on Wednesday after the Senate approved it 22-8.

Riders would have to be at least 21 years old and traveling at speeds of less than 30 mph.

The measure falls far short of a perennial effort to remove the helmet requirement for all adult motorcyclists in the state. The House sponsor of the more expansive version put it off until next year.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam will review the legislation when it reaches his desk.